How to enjoy your last few days of summer

It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise that Melbourne has the best cafés and restaurants Australia has to offer. From the waters of the Yarra River right at the heart of Melbourne and all the way down south to the famous St. Kilda beach, you would be hard pressed to try and find a place that isn’t good. But, quality dining certainly wouldn’t be enough without a magnificent view to accompany it. So if you, like us, can only settle for the best, then we are here to guide you to the best Melbourne seaside dining experience with our list.

Mr Hobson
If a touch of the Mediterranean in your food with the view of the the oceanic horizon is your flavour, then Mr Hobson at Port Melbourne should be your first stop. Treat yourself to an excellent Moroccan spice chicken breast with confit carrots, roasted cherry tomatoes, field mushrooms, all topped with pomme mousseline and thyme. Or perhaps something Italian with Mr Hobson’s collection of various homemade pasta–all prepared with love, of course! You’ll be getting more than what you’re paying for as you will have a front seat to witness the sunset over the waters of Port Melbourne.

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Sandbar Beach Cafe
The next stop on our list takes us across the Yarra River and down to Middle Park. Follow the white boardwalk and ocean breeze, and you will find a quaint little coastal cottage under the shade of the palm trees by the sea. If you love the tropical atmosphere, then Sandbar Beach Cafe is the place to be. Expect to be greeted heartily by a rustic, summer atmosphere as soon as you step through the front doors. Take a seat by the windows while enjoying a seafood linguine, tossed in a creamy white wine sauce and served with fresh parmesan. Don’t forget to complement the relaxing ocean panorama with cold-pressed juice made with the freshest fruits of your choice. Then kick back and relax as the cool ocean breeze whisk away the sweltering summer heat.

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Pier Port Melbourne
The next time you take a walk along the palm-lined roads of Port Melbourne, be on the lookout for a seemingly modest abode by the street corner brandishing a sizable neon “Pier” on its sides. But don’t let its unassuming exterior fool you; inside is a treasure trove of modern Australian cuisine, especially its seafood, waiting to be discovered—and eaten—by you. As you walk through the front doors, the very first thing to notice is its quintessential modern interior complemented with a carefully designed atmosphere. The next thing you know, you’re chatting away with good company, a bottle of the famous Margaret River cabernet sauvignon to your right, and a selection of immaculately prepared seafood linguini to your left. If you believe simplicity is the best form of elegance, then you are right at home. Expect to spend quite a bit more than you’re used to though, but then again, you know what they say about quality.

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Republica
Coming up to your right as you cruise down St. Kilda beach is the Republica, strategically placed right next to the beach. All you beach lovers can rest easy knowing the sea is quite literally a stone throw away from this restaurant. As always, make a grand entrance through the front doors (or even from the beach if you’re so inclined), and you will be greeted with your next potential Instagram post. The interior, as well as the view of St. Kilda, makes for a prime photo opportunity. And of course, they serve some of the best Mediterranean food this side of St. Kilda. With a generous selection of Italian and Modern Australian dishes such as Roasted Barramundi, Pizza Margherita, and even chargrilled wagyu porterhouse steak, Republica will pamper your taste buds (and your Instagram feed too). Don’t forget the $12 Fish and Chips deal every Tuesday, they sell pretty fast.

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Pontoon St. Kilda Beach
If you’ve ever wondered what the crowds are about somewhere around Jacka Boulevard, then you’ve happened upon Pontoon, perhaps St. Kilda’s most lively restaurants. If you thought that there must be a good reason for these people to be here, then you are absolutely correct. The location of this restaurant offers a nearly panoramic view of the ocean, which is always a perfect company for your meal of the day. Their selection of dishes and drinks are plentiful, distinctly Mediterranean, and you certainly would not be bored with the menu on your next consecutive visits. Our recommendation? The slow cooked 12-hour lamb shoulder. You can thank us later.

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